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FRC Lab report shows need for improved workforce reporting

Jan 20, 2020

On January 20, 2020, the Financial Reporting Lab of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) issued a report that reveals that reporting on workforce-related issues needs to improve to meet investor needs.

The Lab’s report provides practical guidance and examples on how companies can provide improved information to investors. It encourages companies to think of the workforce as a strategic asset and explain how it is invested in. Alongside the report, the Lab also published a summary of the report covering questions companies should ask themselves about their reporting on workforce matters.

Review the following additional information on the FRC's website:

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Global accountancy bodies call for improved SDG disclosures

Jan 20, 2020

In January 2020, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the World Benchmarking Alliance have jointly published a report calling for improved UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) disclosures.

The report follows on the consultation paper Recommendations for SDG Disclosures and considers feedback from the consultation. The recommendations for SDG Disclosure are designed to be both used in conjunction with existing reporting frameworks and neutral with respect to them. The recommendations are also SDG specific, recognising the complexity and interconnectedness of the sustainable development issues that the SDGs address.

Review the following information on the IIRC's website:

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AASB Exposure Draft – Conforming amendments to Canadian standards resulting from IAASB conforming amendments to IAASB International Standards as a result of the revised IESBA Code

Jan 17, 2020

On January 17, 2020, the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) issued an Exposure Draft proposing to adopt, with appropriate amendments, proposed revisions to International standards issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB). Comments are requested by March 27, 2020.

Review the press release and the Exposure Draft on the AASB's website.

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Canadian securities regulators publish additional guidance for entities facilitating the trading of crypto assets

Jan 16, 2020

On January 16, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 21-327 "Guidance on the Application of Securities Legislation to Entities Facilitating the Trading of Crypto Assets", to help these entities to determine situations where securities legislation may or may not apply.

The notice describes situations where securities legislation will and will not apply. For example, securities legislation may apply to platforms that facilitate the buying and selling of crypto assets that are commodities, because the user’s contractual right to the crypto asset may itself constitute a derivative, a security or both.

The relevant determination will depend on the facts and circumstances, including the obligations and intention to provide immediate delivery of the crypto asset. The notice provides guidance on what constitutes immediate delivery, together with a detailed example of a situation where securities legislation does not apply.

Review the press release on the CSA's website and the Staff Notice on the OSC's website.

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AcSB Exposure Draft – General Presentation and Disclosures

Jan 15, 2020

On January 15, 2020, the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) released an exposure draft that corresponds to the International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB) exposure draft of a new standard "General Presentation and Disclosures" that is intended to replace IAS 1, "Presentation of Financial Statements". Comments are requested by June 30, 2020.

The AcSB would like input from Canadian respondents on the following additional question regarding the proposed amendments:

  • The IASB has developed the proposed amendments in accordance with its due process for application around the world. Assuming the Exposure Draft proposals are finalized and approved by the IASB in accordance with its due process, do you think that the proposals are appropriate for application in Canada? If not, please specify which aspects of the proposals, and what circumstances, make the accounting requirements proposed in the Exposure Draft inappropriate.

Review the press release and exposure draft on the AcSB's website.

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AcSB Exposure Draft – Combinations – Initial Measurement and Related Disclosures

Jan 15, 2020

On January 15, 2020, the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) released an Exposure Draft seeking feedback on its proposals to introduce new guidance on the accounting for a combination of not-for-profit organizations. These proposals apply to not-for-profit organizations applying the standards in Parts III of the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting. Comments are requested by April 14, 2020.

The proposals in this Exposure Draft are as follows:

  • The scope of Section 4449 would include a combination involving two or more NFPOs that are unrelated parties or related parties.
  • The Section would include a set of criteria to determine when a combination is accounted for as a merger or as an acquisition.
  • The Section would include initial and subsequent measurement, presentation and disclosure guidance on how to account for a merger or acquisition.
  • The Section would apply on a prospective basis for combinations occurring on or after January 1, 2022 with early application permitted.

Review the press release and Exposure Draft on the ACSB's website.

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Summary of the December 2019 MCCG meeting

Jan 13, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the International Accounting Standards Board (the Board) published a summary of the Management Commentary Consultative Group (MCCG) meeting held on December 13, 2019.

The meeting focused on topics for further input, an overview of the staff’s current proposals, and supporting the adoption of the Practice Statement.

The topics for further input were:

  • information on intangibles and ESG matters in management commentary;
  • the meaning of ‘management’s view’;
  • the entity’s purpose; and
  • guidance on narrative coherence.

Review the press release and summary on the Board's website.

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AcSB and ASBJ hold joint meeting

Jan 13, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) and the Accounting Standards Board of Japan (ASBJ) held a joint meeting in Toronto. The meeting was the first bilateral meeting between the two standard-setters.

At the meeting, the AcSB and the ASBJ both introduced their respective financial reporting frameworks and activities, and exchanged views on the opportunities for cooperation. They also discussed specific technical topics in which both Boards have interest, including insurance, revenue recognition and leases. The two standard-setters plan to continue to exchange views.

Review the press release on the ASBJ's website.

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ICAS report on fair value measurement of financial instruments

Jan 13, 2020

In 2019, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) released a report examining the preparation and evaluation of fair value measurements for financial instruments reported in the financial statements.

ICAS joined forces with the International Association of Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) and the International Audit and Assurance Standard Board (IAASB) to commission qualitative research on the valuation of financial instruments. Previous research had been done from the perspective of auditors, but this research focuses on the perspective of the valuation specialist.

While the report notes no distinct differences across geographical regions, it analyses pressure points and potential conflicts in the four phases of the production of fair value measurements reported in financial statements: 1) project acquisition and planning; 2) scoping, valuation approach, and methodology; 3) estimate preparation and relationship management; and 4) negotiations and final estimate reporting.

The report does include some policy recommendations for regulators, standard-setters, and other stakeholders:

  • Auditors and regulators should consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of adopting the independent estimate approach as best practice when evaluating clients’ fair value measurements;
  • Standard-setters should consider strengthening auditor awareness of the effects of budget and timeline pressures, and scope constraints, and encourage a more collaborative team-based approach between auditors and specialists;
  • Regulators should consider incorporating an evaluation of management’s competence related to fair value measurements as a component of the auditors’ risk assessment process; and
  • Standard-setters should consider enhancing corporate governance by promoting understanding of the subjectivity inherent in fair value measurements among the board and audit committees.

Review the full report on the ICAS' website.

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Consider data use before an incident occurs

Jan 13, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) released a blog on how before any board director reflexively says “breach,” they should think “incident” instead. After all, “breach” is a legal term that carries implications that could harm a company if used before being advised that an incident is, in fact, a breach.

A balance needs to be struck between easy access to and the protection of data. The nature of cyber-attacks has evolved depending on sector, but the regulatory sphere is only slowly ramping up. Directors should consider resiliency as part of any solution.

Review the full blog on the NACD's website.

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